Float House










I built this one out of an old houseboat that was brought to Bella Coola to house FAN (Forest Action Network) protesters back in the early 80’s. It sank and was recovered then left to rot for the next 25 years – till I bought it for $1. By that point any wood left in the structure had turned to dirt – everything had to be rebuilt. Having very little money, I built the cabin out of reclaimed lumber. All of the appliances were taken out of old trailers left abandoned by loggers long ago. I now rent it out to tourists to stay on board while visiting the Great Bear Rainforest.

A completely restored houseboat in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada. Owned and shared by Carsten Ginsburg.



  1. Erin September 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Love! What’s the link to rent??

  2. A.Jones September 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    That is a floating house ,,,,,the best on so for…..

  3. Doug September 12, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Sunk, abandoned, refloated and refinished! Wow, kudos for an exceptional job.

  4. AprilMae September 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Question-I have a friend living in Johnston County, NC. USA. She bought a tiny house and now is having great difficulties finding a place for it. As it is 32 feet long , most mobile home parks (not her desire, but an option) will only accept trailers 50 feet. Lots of ordinances and guidelines. Anyone, know of how or where she can find a place to part it and live in it? She would like to stay in the area for one more year, until her son graduates. Then she will be free to come and go just about anywhere. She bought her tiny house to save money and live simply, but now has hit a road block. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. NORA September 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    So beautiful!!! You´re the best interior design I know….Congratulations!!!

  6. Paul Jenkins September 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Great work & great end result!

  7. barb archibald October 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    beautiful work. It looks fabulous.

  8. Jeff Braden October 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Excellent Job! What’s the size of the boat? It looks fabulous. You should be very proud.

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